Basswood

Tilia americana

Tilleul d’Amérique

Other names: American Linden, Bois blanc Basswood is an adaptable native tree with aromatic flowers and pleasant foliage. Its flowers attract a large number of insect pollinators. Basswood honey is delicious. Basswood can serve as a statuesque street tree. It is a medium to large deciduous tree which typically grows to 50-80’ (infrequently to over…

Several animal species eat the seeds or browse on twigs and foliage. Blooms beige-yellow fragrant blossoms. Moderate growth rate and shade tolerant. Needs space to grow. Has soft wood so is prone to damage.


Its natural habitat is, Moist rich woods and slopes..


Companion plant suggestions include Sugar Maple, American Beech, Yellow Birch.

Caring for Basswood

Easily transplanted. Low to moderate pollution tolerance.

It is happiest in Prefers deep soils with roughly equal proportions of sand, silt, and clay (loam soils) but is tolerant of dry or heavy soils. (pH range: alkaline to light acidic.)

In terms of water, Basswood needs Does not require a lot of water.